Participate in a Coast Guard Safety Survey & Be Entered to Win $100!

This article was produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

If you’ve spent much time paddling, you know that safety should always be priority No. 1. When you’re on the water, a few fundamentals apply to every paddler, every time. “Paddling Safety 101,” if you will. The best practices are also the most simple: Wear a personal flotation device (PFD) plus the proper outerwear for the water temperature, never paddle alone or impaired, and always check the weather forecast before you launch. These basic safety pillars ensure that your paddling experience doesn’t end in frustration, injury, or even tragedy.

But are you even aware of them? We are interested in your general attitude and approach to paddling safety. Please complete this confidential questionnaire for a chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards (click here for official rules). Only the first five questions are required for sweepstakes entry. Please consider all types of paddling in which you participate.